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Photo provided The Harrison Coal & Reclamation Historical Park and Military History Preservation Group will hold a meeting at 5:15 p.m. on January 29 at the Cadiz Inn, located at 82468 Cadiz-Jewett Road in Cadiz. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss a potential partnership between the two organizations to acquire land in Harrison County to build a living history center.

CADIZ — The Harrison Coal & Reclamation Historical Park may partner with the Military History Preservation Group to acquire 1,400 acres of land in the area to build a living history center.

The Harrison County Community Improvement Corp. contacted county historical park members in August regarding a possible partnership between the park and the Military History Preservation Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to historic preservation.

The group, which coordinates historical reenactment events across the country, is seeking to acquire 1,400 acres of land in the area to build a history center that would include a museum that could draw attention to the area.

The two groups are due to hold their first meeting to discuss a possible partnership at 5:15 p.m. on January 29 at the Cadiz Inn, 82468 Cadiz-Jewett Road in Cadiz.

Coal Park Secretary Amy Welch said the entities were due to meet last year but everything was pushed back due to COVID-19. She said the meeting will give both groups a chance to discuss the proposed venture.

“This is the first time we will meet in person. … They (CIC officials) think our two groups would work well together, so it’s going to be a briefing just to see what everyone thinks — what do they expect from us and what do we expect from them ? she said. “They are looking to buy land and they just thought it would be helpful to join other groups. What we would bring to the table is big gear, and that kind of stuff was useful in the war story.

Welch said the coal yard currently leases land in New Athens for its equipment, although members hope to use some of the future property to expand.

“We have projects going on and we were happy where we are, but we would like a piece of land to be able to expand. … We’ve had plans for a long time for our own museum, because we have a lot of artifacts and different things that a museum could benefit from. We just can’t build them on the land we’re on right now, so we’ve always been looking for something like that,” she said.

If built, the Harrison Coal & Reclamation Historical Park Mining and Energy Museum would feature the history of mining, construction, transportation, agriculture, logging and oil and gas, and it would host events.

“It’s what made Harrison, Belmont and surrounding counties great, and we want to keep it alive,” she said of the area’s industrial past.

The Charcoal Park Group is always looking for volunteers or donations of heavy equipment.

“It’s a great moment. We’re always looking for people who are interested in old-time mining, old-time logging, industry, and people who like to run big equipment,” she said.

The dates of the partnership meetings will be announced on the coal organization’s Facebook page and website, hcrhp.org. For more information about the possible enterprise, to volunteer or to donate, email [email protected] or [email protected]

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